Inviting a J-1 Student Intern

To invite an individual to the University of Florida under the J-1 Student Intern category, the UF faculty sponsor and hosting department/center must follow the steps described below to request Form DS-2019 and the DS-7002 (Internship Placement Plan). These EVS-produced documents are required by the applicant to apply for the J-1 visa and enter to the U.S. Prior to inviting a J-1 Student Intern the UF faculty sponsor/department should ensure the applicant will qualify for this J-1 category by viewing the “Initial Qualifications, Requirements, and Restrictions” below. The student intern will be primarily referred to as the “applicant” or “J-1” in the instructions below. Links (in blue) will provide additional information, instructions, and corresponding forms or templates. EVS is committed to providing assistance with this process, so do not hesitate to contact our office.

Services for J-1 Student Interns are divided among the EVS J Program Advisors based on the first letter of the applicant’s surname according to the passport. Please refer to the EVS staff page for the current advisor listing and surname division. Questions and guidance may also be emailed to the main EVS address at evs@ufic.ufl.edu.

A helpful Student Intern Check List may be used to assist a UF department with tracking items needed for the final DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet.

IMPORTANT – PLEASE REVIEW

Initial Qualifications, Requirements, and Restrictions for a J-1 Student Intern

Important Restrictions: J-1 student interns are strictly prohibited from participating in an internship with contains any type of patient care or contact. Student interns are also prohibited from participating in an internship that involves unskilled or causal labor, child care/elder care, or aviation. Read more.

Transfer-In
If a current J-1 Student Intern is conducting an internship at another U.S. institution and wishes to transfer their SEVIS record/immigration sponsorship to the University of Florida please view the Transfer-In instructions.

External Internship Contracts
Invited J-1 Student Interns may have an internship contract from their home institution or home government/sponsor which is required to be filled out and/or signed. Please note only the Dean of the UF International Center, per the direction of UF General Counsel, is permitted to complete/sign these types of external contracts. External contacts should be forward to EVS.

Applicants with a U.S. Equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree

Individuals in graduate level programs are eligible for the J-1 Student Intern category, however EVS highly encourages host departments inviting applicants with a minimum of a U.S. equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree to utilize the J-1 categories of Research Scholar/Professor (maximum duration of 5-years) or Short-Term Scholar (maximum duration of 6-months). For these J-1 categories please refer to Inviting a J-1 Scholar. View additional information for restrictions on repeated Research Scholar/Professor visits (24-month repeat participation bar) and in regards to a J-1 visa holder, in any category, spending more than 6-months inside the U.S. then wishing to returning as a J-1 Research Scholar/Professor (12-month bar).

 

Inviting a J-1 Student Intern - Process

Step 1: Supervisor Invitation Form

The UF faculty sponsor completes the Supervisor Invitation Form and forwards to the designated departmental administrative contact to begin additional processes as well as to communicate with the applicant for the needed items for the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet. The dates of the program, as noted on the Supervisor Invitation Form, will be determined in advance by the UF faculty sponsor and applicant. The program dates must be included in the UF invitation letter and must match in the additional areas requested in this process (as within the DS-7002 Internship Placement Plan Information Form). This form assists EVS with specific information for processing of the DS-2019 and DS-7002, verification of information, as well as compliance with U.S. J-1 immigration guidelines. Information from this form will also be used for data entry in the applicant’s UFIC electronic file.

Step 2: UF Invitation Letter

The host department creates an invitation letter on departmental letterhead to send to the applicant. The dates for the program should be determined by the UF faculty sponsor and applicant as noted on the Supervisor Invitation Form and must match the program dates as to be noted in the DS-7002 Internship Placement Plan Information Form. The invitation letter must refer to the applicant as a “J-1 Student Intern”, and be signed by all relevant parties within the department before being emailed to the applicant for their signature. The applicant returns the signed invitation letter to the UF host department, which will be included in the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet. The applicant should retain a copy of the invitation letter for the J-1 visa interview. Original or revised invitation letters containing hand-written corrections, white-out or other visibly noticeable alternations will not be accepted. Please see letter template for structure and wording.

Student Intern Employment

Student Interns are only permitted to work and be paid from the UF department/center sponsoring the internship activities. UF compensation must be reflected on the student intern’s DS-2019. EVS will include any monetary compensation listed in the original UF host department’s invitation letter. If a host department wishes to provide monetary compensation after the student intern arrives, an updated invitation letter (noting the amount of compensation) and the EV Amendment Request Form must be submitted to EVS prior to compensation commencing; an amended DS-2019/DS-7002 will be issued. Student Interns who receive UF compensation will be eligible to apply for a U.S. Social Security card. EVS will provide instructions upon check-in on where and how to apply (also refer to the link above). J-1 visa holders must be inside the U.S. for a least 10 days before applying for the U.S. Social Security card. Only applicants with approved UF employment are eligible to apply for the U.S. Social Security card.

Step 3: Assign a UFID Number

The UF host department assigns the applicant a UFID number. Student interns who will not be paid by UF must be identified as Departmental Associates. The UFID number must be included, where requested, on the forms for this process. If the applicant has attended UF previously in another capacity, the UFID should be the same from the previous visit.

Step 4: DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet Items (Applicant)

The host department will email the applicant requesting items to be provided for the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet. UF host departments may use this email template for the request (departments may compose/use their own email notification or amend the EVS template for use).

Applicant Required Items for DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet:

  • EVS Processing Fee Receipt
    The EVS processing fee is an administrative fee charged by the Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) unit at the UF International Center. This fee does not cover the SEVIS I-901 fee or any visa related costs. The EVS fee is administered by the UF Conference Department. Once the EVS fee is paid online the applicant will receive a receipt confirmation of payment to be included in the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet.
    Applicants SHOULD NOT pay this fee until the department formally invites them. The applicant should go to EVS processing fee payment page and pay $100 per person/DS-2019 requested, meaning an applicant with two requested J-2 dependents will pay $300 in total. A third party may pay the EVS processing fee such as the UF host department, parent, spouse, foreign institution, etc. however the fee is the ultimate responsibility of the applicant. EVS can refund processing fees only prior to processing the submitted Request Packet. If EVS issues a DS-2019 and an applicant later decides they do not want to attend the UF program or has their visa application denied, EVS cannot refund the fee. Refund requests can be sent to EVS J Program Advisor Michael Smith at sdavis@ufic.ufl.edu. Please do not contact the UF Conference Department with any immigration or student intern questions.
  • Student Intern Form
    The Student Intern Form provides necessary information about the applicant which assists EVS with the creation of the DS-2019 and DS-7002. This form is also used to include any J-2 dependents to the student intern's SEVIS record.
    This form allows the applicant to type in the needed information; typed versions of required forms, when available, are highly preferred. Handwritten forms, which can be hard to interpret, could cause mistakes with information entry which could delay the visa process. The "current address" section on this form is the address used to ship the final DS-2019/DS-7002 and related packet items to the applicant, unless otherwise informed.
    Applicants who wish to bring a dependent spouse and/or a child/children with them to the U.S. as J-2 dependents must include the dependent information on this form. Applicants should only include dependents on this form who they intended to have apply for the J-2 visa and who wish to enter the U.S. under the applicant’s SEVIS record. J-2 dependents are defined as spouses who are legally married partners (may include same-sex couples as long as their marriage is legally recognized in the place the marriage took place – and does not have to be legally recognized from the applicant’s country of citizenship, permanent residence or country in which in the visa is applied), and children (natural or legally adopted) who are unmarried and under the age of 21. Proof of marriage or adoption does not have to be provided to EVS but will have to be proven during the J-2 visa appointment. Dependent children who reach the age of 21 while under the J-2 status will lose the valid J-2 status on their 21st birthdate, and would have to leave the U.S. or have an application to adjust their immigration status submitted to USCIS prior to their 21st birthdate.

    Important
    Please note J-2 dependents added to the primary J-1’s initial SEIVS record but who will arrive after the J-1 will require health insurance to be provided by the J-1 during the mandatory EVS check-in (even if the J-2 dependents are not inside the U.S.). If J-2 dependents will arrive considerably later than the applicant, EVS recommends not including the dependents on the initial DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet and to request the dependents after the applicant arrives. Read additional information about J-2 dependents.
  • Acknowledgement of Participation
    The Acknowledgement of Participation Form assists EVS with compliance with federal guidelines for the J-1 Student Intern category. The applicant’s foreign institution providing the current degree program must acknowledge and agree to the requirements of the internship participation.
    The Acknowledgement of Participation form verifies the applicant:
    • Is currently enrolled in and is pursuing a degree at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside of the U.S.
    • Is in good academic standing.
    • Will fulfill the educational objectives for the current degree program through participation in and successful completion of the U.S. internship.
    • Has approval by the academic department at the home institution to participate in the internship program.
    • Has English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment.

This form must be completed by authorized personnel at the applicant’s home institution. This form must be signed, dated and stamped appropriately. This form does not satisfy the U.S. Department of State’s requirements for verification of English language proficiency.

  • Verification of Financial Support
    Proof of financial support is required to show the applicant (and any requested J-2 dependents) has sufficient funding for EVS’s estimated monthly cost of living for the length of the program. The same funding provided to EVS will have to be shown during the applicant’s J-1 visa appointment. EVS only pro-rates the funding at half-month intervals (rounded up to the next interval), meaning if the applicant’s UF program dates would be 4-months and 5-days, the funding proof would need to be shown for 4 ½ -months); if an applicant’s UF program dates would be 4-months and 17-days, the funding proof would need to be shown for 5-months. EVS is not asking for the applicant to pay the required funding amount, we simply must verify the applicant (and any requested J-2 dependents) have sufficient means of financial support while in the U.S. The cost of living is an estimate based on a UFIC formula which includes a variety of factors such as housing, utilities, transportation, food, entertainment, health insurance, minor medical expenses as well as personal and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Funding Requirements
    • J-1: $1,500 per month
    • J-2 Spouse: $1,000 per month
    • J-2 Child: $500 per child, per month

All funding proof must be in English. Currency noted on the support proof can be noted in any currency as long as the currency is clearly noted (EVS can convert the currency). Combinations of funding are permitted.

    • UF Funding
      Funding of any type provided by the applicant’s UF host department would be noted in the UF invitation letter. In-kind housing provided by a UF host department is acceptable towards the overall proof of funds (example, if a UF Research and Education Center will allow the applicant to live in their on-site housing, the UF invitation letter can state “we will offer you on-site housing accommodations equivalent to $500 per month.” If the applicant has program dates equal to 4-months in which $1,500 per month in funding would be required, the $500 per month of in-kind housing would then reduce the applicant’s additional monthly funding proof down to $1,000 per month). A UF host department is not required to offer an hourly wage, stipend, or any type of funding or housing accommodations for a J-1 Student Intern visit, but may do so if desired.
    • Personal/Family Funding
      If the applicant will be showing personal funds, a bank statement/letter is sufficient proof. Funds can be shown from accounts such as checking, savings, and/or money market accounts. Third-party non-personal translations of personal/family funding documents are acceptable. EVS will not accept translations conducted by the applicant or a parent/family member. Notarized translations by a UF host faculty supervisor/staff member are accepted.
      Sometimes funding will be provided from a parent, family member or spouse, in such instances the Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) would be required (Instructions for completing the CFR). The applicant will need to input their name and the amount of support in the first two sections of the CFR, as well as sign and date the bottom. The applicant’s personal sponsor providing the support will need to complete the next section (name of funding party, relationship and address) as well as sign and date. Proof of funds can be the same as noted in the personal/family funds paragraph above. The applicant’s personal sponsor can choose to have their financial institution complete the Bank and Sponsor’s Certification of Funding Sources on the CFR to substitute for the back-up proof of funds (fully completed CFR may substitute for back-up proof such as the bank statement/letter, etc.). The financial institution that verifies the CFR is noting the funds, as noted on the CFR, are available from the indicated personal sponsor. If the financial institution section is not completed, actual back-up documentation (bank statement/letter, etc.) would be required with the CFR (most common). A CFR would be required for each third-party personal funding source (such as if funds were shown by and parent and another family member for a combination of funding). Third-party non-personal funding sources do not require a CFR.
      Third-Party Non-Personal Funding
      Applicants funded by a scholarship, home/U.S. government/government entity, employer, home institution, or international organizations would need to provide the funding letter, in English, on appropriate funding source’s letterhead. The letter will need to contain: 1) applicant’s name, 2) the amount of financial support (noted as a monthly amount or as an overall sum), 3) length of time for funding support, and 4) statement the funds are to be given to the applicant for their time inside the U.S. for their UF J-1 visit. The CFR is not required for a third party non-personal sponsor.
      Amounts provided for travel support to and from the U.S./airfare cannot be counted towards funding proof for the DS-2019.
      Pay stubs or proof of current salary for personal sponsor sources are not accepted as proof of funds. If the applicant is being supported by employer salary or by funds from a current scholarship from their foreign degree program in progress, a support letter from the provider would have to indicate salary/scholarship funds would continue to be paid (amount) to the applicant during their UF J-1 visit.
  • Passport Scan
    The passport scan is used for information verification purposes only; for order and spelling of name, date of birth, country of citizenship and city of birth. Passport scans should be included for any J-2 dependents being requested to the J-1’s SEVIS record.
    Passport numbers are not recorded as part of the EVS process. Only the biographical page of the passport is required for the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request packet. The passport scan must be clear and legible. A copy of the passport used by the applicant to enter the U.S. under the J-1 Student Intern category will be obtained by EVS as part of our mandatory check-in process. A change of passport (renewal) is not necessary to be communicated to EVS unless specific information has changed, such as the applicant’s name or country of citizenship).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
    The applicant will provide a current CV or resume, in English. EVS is mostly concerned with first two to four pages of a CV/resume. If the CV/resume contains multiple pages of references or multiple lists of published reach papers, these pages may be omitted from the final DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet sent to EVS.
  • Verification of English Language Proficiency
    English language proficiency must be verified as a requirement from the U.S. Department of State for all applicants applying for a J-1 visa. English skills must be sufficient to appropriately participate in the proposed UF internship environment and to function in daily U.S. life outside of the internship.
    The applicant may be exempt for additional English language proficiency requirements:
    • If they are a citizen of a country where English is an official language (verified by passport).
      Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.

If transcript or degree confirmation evidence shows attendance (for at least one year) or graduation from a recognized/regionally accredited university of college where English is the official language.

There are multiple methods for the applicant to prove English language proficiency. The applicant may provide official testing confirmation of English Language proficiency with scores of:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall
  • MELAB: 77
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken before August 1, 2011): 320
  • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken from August 1, 2011 onward): 140

The UF faculty sponsor may conduct a live SKYPE or similar interview to determine the applicant’s English proficiency is sufficient to perform the activities of the internship, to appropriately engage in the internship environment, to navigate daily U.S. life, to read and comprehend program materials, to understand fully their responsibilities, rights and protections, and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary. If this option is selected please refer to the “Verification of English Language Proficiency” below.

Step 5: DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet Items (UF host department)

UF Department Required Items for DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet:

  • Supervisor Invitation Form
    See step #1
  • UF Invitation Letter
    See step #2
  • DS-7002 Internship Placement Plan Information Form
    The DS-7002 (Internship Placement Plan) is a crucial document for the J-1 Student Intern category, and will be issued with the DS-2019. SEVIS requires the information for the DS-7002 to be included when creating the DS-2019. Standard information has been pre-populated in this form. Incomplete areas or insufficient descriptions of activities, methods of evaluation, etc. will cause the DS-2019 Request Packet to be rejected by EVS. The final DS-7002 will be returned to the UF host department, along with the DS-2019 and related shipping items, for the UF faculty sponsor’s signature and date. The UF department will then have to ship the DS-2019, DS-7002 and related EVS packet items to the applicant. The applicant must have the DS-2019, DS-7002, invitation letters and proof of funding as part of the requirements for their J-1 visa appointment. The DS-2019 and DS-7002 will also be required as part of the EVS check-in procedures. For more information on EVS check-in please view “J-1 Student Intern Check-In Procedures” below. This form must be saved as an attachment (do not scan for DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet submission) as EVS requires this form as an original attachment for cut and paste purposes.
  • Verification of English Language Proficiency
    English language proficiency must be verified as a requirement from the U.S. Department of State for all applicants applying for a J-1 visa. English skills must be sufficient to appropriately participate in the proposed UF internship environment and to function in daily U.S. life outside of the internship environment.
    The applicant may be exempt for additional English language proficiency requirements:
    • If they are a citizen of a country where English is an official language (verified by passport).
    • If transcript or degree confirmation evidence shows the applicant attended (for at least one year) or graduated from a university where English is an official language of instruction.

There are multiple methods for the applicant to prove English language proficiency.

The applicant may provide official testing confirmation of English Language proficiency with scores of:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall
  • MELAB: 77
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken before August 1, 2011): 320
  • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken from August 1, 2011 onward): 140

The UF faculty sponsor may conduct a live SKYPE or similar interview to determine the applicant’s English proficiency is sufficient to perform the activities of the internship, to appropriately engage in the internship environment, to navigate daily U.S. life, to read and comprehend program materials, to understand fully their responsibilities, rights and protections, and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary.

Please note it is not appropriate to confirm English language proficiency (by means of SKYPE of similar interview) using communication of a non-English language (such as if the UF faculty sponsor speaks the same primary language as the invited J-1 and uses this language for the SKYPE or similar interview – this interview must be conducted in English). The UFIC/EVS retains the right to limit and/or prohibit UF faculty sponsors/departments to host J-1 exchange visitors if a demonstrated pattern of inaccurate or falsified verification of English language proficiency is determined.

If the UF faculty sponsor elects to conduct a SKYPE or similar interview refer to the English Language Proficiency Confirmation Letter to be included with the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet.

Step 6: Submit DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet to EVS

Once all applicant and UF host department items are complete, the UF host department will send an email with the packet items to evs@ufic.ufl.edu. EVS requests one email with all items attached (the email may contain multiple attachments). Remember the DS-7002 Internship Placement Plan Information Form must be included as an original attachment (not scanned).

Step 7: Initial Review of DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet Conducted by EVS

EVS will conduct an initial review of the submitted packet items. If anything is missing, incorrect, or if further information is needed the UF host department will be contacted by email with instructions. Once all initial deficiencies are remedied, EVS will confirm with the UF host department the application has been accepted and is in queue for final processing. The processing request is then placed on the appropriate EVS J Program Advisor’s task bar.

Step 8: Secondary Review of DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet

An EVS Advisor has nine business days to conduct the secondary review of the accepted Request Packet and to complete the processing of DS-2019 and DS-7002. Deficiencies found in the secondary review may cause delays beyond normal EVS processing times. The appropriate EVS Advisor will review the Request Packet in more detail. The initial review (Step #7) is for basic requirements and forms. If anything is missing, incorrect, or if further information is needed the UF host department will be contacted by email with instructions. If the request packet passes the secondary review final processing of the DS-2019 and DS-7002 commences.

Step 9: Issuing of the Final DS-2019 and DS-7002

Once the DS-2019 and DS-7002 are processed, EVS will email the designated departmental administrative contact noting the items are complete and available for pick up at the EVS office (190 Hub). The email notice will contain specific information from the applicant’s DS-2019. The UF host department can provide this information to the applicant in to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee as well as schedule their J-1 visa appointment while waiting on the original documents to be shipped. Once the final packet is collected from EVS it is the department’s responsibility to ensure the SEVIS generated DS-7002 (Internship Placement Plan) is signed/dated by the UF faculty host supervisor. This is extremely important. Failure to do so will cause delays to the applicant with their visa process and could result in a visa denial by the adjudicating U.S. embassy/consulate. Once the DS-7002 has been signed, the UF host department will ship the final DS-2019/DS-7002/packet items to the applicant. Please do not submit a waybill to EVS with the DS-2019/DS-7002 Request Packet for direct shipping to an invited student intern.

If the UF host department is not on the main UF campus (such a UF Research and Education Center) the final DS-2019/DS-7002/packet items will be mailed to the departmental administrative contact person by standard USPS (no tracking number available). If the off-site host department would like the the final packet to be shipped to them by courier, the host department may include a completed FedEx waybill.

Student Intern EVS Check-In

Check-in is a mandatory procedure for program sponsors per the U.S. Department of State. All student interns who are on the main UF campus are required to conduct an in-person check-in with the Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) office within the UF International Center (190 Hub), as soon as possible upon their arrival. It is highly recommended the student intern first check-in with their UF host department prior to coming to the EVS office.

Check-In Requirements (on main campus)

  • Stamped DS-2019*
  • Final signed DS-7002 (Internship Placement Plan), J-1 only
  • J-1 Visa*
  • Passport*
  • EV Registration Form, J-1 only
  • Proof of Health Insurance (EVS check-in cannot be conducted without proof of health insurance)
  • J-2 Responsibility Form, J-1 only (J-1 completes for any J-2 dependents)

*indicates the document must be original, copies of these items for check-in are not accepted.

The above items would also be needed for any J-2 dependents (unless noted as J-1 only).

EVS Long Distance Check-In Procedures (off campus site)

Student Interns who are not on the main UF campus (off-site locations) are permitted to conduct the EVS long-distance check-in process. Student interns should first work with their UF host departmental administrative contact person for the check-in procedures.

  • Mailed copy of DS-2019 (Please note the U.S. Department of State prohibits electronic copies of the DS-2019 to be sent. Copies of the DS-2019 will need to be mailed to Exchange Visitor Services, 1765 Stadium Road, 190 Hub, P.O. Box 113225, Gainesville, FL 32611-3225)
  • Final signed DS-7002 (Internship Placement Plan), J-1 only
  • J-1 Visa
  • Passport
  • EV Registration Form, J-1 only
  • Proof of Health Insurance (EVS check-in cannot be conducted without proof of health insurance)
  • J-2 Responsibility Form, J-1 only (J-1 completes for any J-2 dependents)
  • I-94 (retrieval instructions)

The above items would also be needed for any J-2 dependents (unless noted as J-1 only).

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required which meets the mandated requirements by the U.S. Department of State for all J visa holders (including any J-2 dependents) and must be maintained during the program dates as noted on the DS-2019. J visa holders may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the DS-2019 program start date and may remain inside the U.S. for up to 30 days after the DS-2019 program end date (commonly referred to as the “grace period”). Early arrival and the grace period are not required to be covered by mandatory insurance, although recommended. A confirmation of coverage stating name of the person covered, insurance provider name and policy type, as well as the coverage dates is required.

Health insurance must be purchased for a minimum of 3-month intervals (less than 3 months is permitted if the overall program is less than 3-months or if the remaining program time is less than 3-months, including for J-2 dependents). Coverage for the entire length of program is acceptable. It is the ultimate responsibility of the student intern to keep track of their insurance expiration date, provide additional confirmation prior to the end of their current coverage, and to not allow their insurance coverage (including any J-2 dependents) to lapse. EVS lists the J visa holder basic insurance requirements as well as a list of providers and plans we know meet these basics requirements. If the student intern purchases insurance from a provider not on the EVS list, the confirmation of coverage must state clearly the coverage benefits for UFIC review/approval or have the external provider complete the EVS Insurance Verification Form. Purchasing from a provider not on the EVS list could cause delays with the EVS check-in process as well as delay active participation in UF program.

Insurance can be submitted prior to arrival to the U.S. for notation in J-1’s EVS file or for advance UFIC approval. Advance approval of insurance from a provider/plan not listed on the EVS website is highly encouraged. Insurance questions and coverage approval review can be submitted to the UFIC Health Insurance Specialist, scholarinsurance@ufic.uf.edu or call 352-273-1542. Insurance purchased from the EVS list does not require advance UFIC approval.

Student Intern Evaluations

Federal regulations require evaluations for the Student Intern program. Evaluations must be conducted by the UF faculty supervisor. Internships lasting less than 6-months require only a final evaluation. Internships lasting 6-months or more require a mid-point evaluation and a final evaluation. The evaluation form below is used for mid-point and final evaluations.